Senate overhauling $10M school safety proposal

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Indiana Senate Republicans are in the middle of overhauling a safety measure aimed at better protecting schools after a shooting last month in Connecticut left 20 first-graders dead.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said Thursday his team is looking at ways to improve the proposal that Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Sen. Pete Miller, R-Avon, introduced. The initial proposal called for $10 million to pay for more school resource officers in response to concerns from parents and teachers over bullying and gang violence in schools.

But Long said the measure should better account for threats outside the classroom in wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Six educators were also killed in the incident.

"Across the board in Indiana we need to find some uniform standards, and help (schools) pay for it," he said. "That's going to be the big issue. How do we make this as cost effective as possible?"

He said he plans to deliver more details on the revised measure next month.

The Zoeller and Miller legislation calls for $10 million in matching grants for school corporations to each hire another resource officer. The measure would expand an existing program that places police officers in schools to provide security and often mentoring and community relations.

Zoeller and Miller said they expected lawmakers to tinker with the measure after they introduced it last month. They said although the legislation came after the Newtown shooting, it was actually drafted based on a survey of Indiana parents and teachers before the shooting.

"Attorney General Zoeller met with Senator Long this week and is pleased that the Senate has decided to focus on the important issue of school safety," Zoeller spokesman Bryan Corbin said. "We welcome the high priority status the Senate has given the bill.

"The initial proposal was just a starting point, and changes during the legislative process are always expected in order to constructively improve the effectiveness of the plan."


  • Avoiding the issues.....
    This continues to be a very sad joke. We have abandoned the time tested theories of education to create a business environment for schools. Instead of many local community schools with smaller, more personal classrooms and the ability for kids to walk to school and for parents to be involved in their children's lives, we have created mega centralized processing labs. We pretend that locating a mega school in a farm field will save money and is better for our children, yet it costs unseen sums of money to operate these palaces and to transport kids in busses from all over the municipality. We took away a focus on education and simply created a centralized production based on "economies of scale". Putting a police officer in every school simply creates a hostile environment and will not adequately protect or work to reverse an age of violence. But thanks elected leaders for spending more money on it......

Post a comment to this story

We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Angela IS the best RD

  2. We are a nation of speed. All of our younger lives are filled with deadlines, quotas and bottom lines. We start to ease out of the pressured rat-race when we finally see "retirement." The most enjoyable travel on the planet is passenger rail service. Indy to Chicago does not beat Megabus or Southwest Airlines in speed. Passenger rail however has the best seating, mammoth legroon, seat backs that recline to more than 45 degrees and employers that really want you to return as a customer. Indiana municipalities need to maintain subsidies to support this transportation mode. Losing it is loss for all of us.

  3. Good day! I just want to testify how i got my loan from Mr. Eric Lefkofsky after i applied several times from various loan lenders who claimed to also testify right in this forum,i thought the testimonies where real and i applied but they never gave me loan. I was in need of an urgent loan to start a business and i applied from various loan lenders who promised to help but they never gave me the loan. Until a friend of mine introduce me to this popular Mr. Eric Lefkofsky who promised to help me and indeed he did as he promised without any form of delay. I never thought there are still reliable loan lenders until i met Mr. Eric lefkofsky who indeed helped me with the loan and changed my belief. I promised to share this testimony after I got my loan. I don't know if you are in any way in need of a genuine and urgent loan,free feel to contact Mr. Eric Lefkofsky via their email{grouponfunding@hotmail.com}

  4. Its a THUG issue. Bleecker Street and NYX are thug bars. They attract thugs of all races. Places that attract thugs need to be kicked out of Broad Ripple. Ain't nobody got time for that!

  5. Hello everyone, My name is Marian Gareth, I am from the Texas, United State, am here to testify of how i got my loan from Mr Andre Frank {frankloancompany@yahoo.com} after i applied Two times from various loan lenders who claimed to be lenders right in this forum,i thought their lending where real and i applied but they never gave me loan. I was in need of an urgent loan to start a business and i applied from various loan lenders who promised to help but they never gave me the loan.Until a friend of mine introduce me to Mr Andre Frank the C.E.O of Andre Frank Loan Company who promised to help me with a loan of my desire and he really did as he promised without any form of delay, I never thought there are still reliable loan lenders until i met Mr Andre Frank, who really help me with my loan and changed my lief for better. I don't know if you are in need of an urgent loan, free feel to contact Mr Andre Frank on his email{ Frankloancompany@yahoo.com} for help